How do I write for these? The student sniped
and the shot’s ricocheting in the school
when I return to them their stories typed
to fit what we have taught are fiction’s rules.
I am well-trained and train my students well
to distinguish good from bad and right from wrong
and friend from foe as if it’s easy to tell
to which embattled camp each thing belongs.
I am well-trained to devastate dissent,
cut off supply lines, dig in or delay
the enemy, which is why I resent
the sniping of my competence that day.
How should I write for these when my desire,
Goodman, is to return fire for fire?